Death Road Conquerors - here we come
19.05.2007 - 25.05.2007 25 °C
After the remoteness of the salt flats, a rather dull day and a half in freezing in Uyuni, we made it to Ouro via train with our Aussie friends who where nastily robbed via a taxi con (fake tourist boarding the cab, trying to share costs and fake bobbies searching through backpacks and passports...only to wait for the occasion to nick the valuables and cash...very NASTY !!). Our journey wasn´t that exciting. We were just not dropped in La Paz - our bus driver just decided to drop us just outside the city, hence it took us another short taxi drive to make it to this most amazing city i have ever seen in my whole life. Not necessarily, because of the beauty, but rather the location of this 1.2m inhabitants city. La Paz, the hightest (non official, i think) capital city in the world 3.700m above sea level, the airport a staggering 4.000m above which is just 400m below the Altiplano. So, no need to think about any sporty activities here as pure walking makes you feel much older...much much older. Actually, in between i thought i was an old 95 year old granny walking with a stick. No kidding..walking up the steps felt like a major achievement to conquer. Anyway, more interesting stuff about La Paz. Great, cheap, colourfull markets with Alpaca jumpers, leg warmers, hats and gloves..anything you want. As you can imagine, all the tourists look the same, like walking lamas, but it is great stuff for nearly no money. We are still hanging out with our Aussie friends and are more or less staying in the same Hotel Majestic (freezing rooms) with our Israeli friends and booked ourself on another downhill moutain biking tour called the "Death Road" or the "Most Dangerous Road of the World". Why ? Well, cleary the approximately 50 deaths per month added to the creation of this notorious road. These days it is used to 90% by mad foreigners racing down the jungle as the Bolivian Government has finally built a new road, hence these days only mad tourist die there as they are too stupid and play around not paying attention to the steep fall of more than 300m in places. Unfortunately Simon and I couldn´t do the trip on the same day as i was ill (yes, poor Lejla). It was supposed to come one way or the other - as everybody panics about food in Bolivia, big times. We just had really good, tasty food, but anyway - somehow it got me....(Mum, no trust me, i am really fine now, nothing to worry). Anyway, lay flat for 48hrs and when i was fit again, it got Simon somehow. Hence, we spent over a week in La Paz, even partying one night, sightseeing, shopping, eating, eating, eating (one of our new favourite food are Dutch Bitterballen..can´t wait to go Holland). Best invention, just funny that i had to travel to Bolivia to try this dutch speciality again. ...not offence to any Dutch readers here. Last adventure was the Valle de Luna. These are conical shaped rock formations, close to one another, giving the impression of a lunar landscape. I wouldn't know. I have never been to the Moon ! Instead of just walking around these, you can actually hire a quad bike (or ATV) and race around the whole are with stunning views on Mount Illimani, the Altiplano, some small remote villages (with heaps of rubbish everywhere) trying to be the next Schumi !